Design Crush: Banner Day Consulting

Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Last week I shared this beautiful sunroom space with you.  One click on this image led me to the designer that created the space, Clara of Banner Day Consulting.
Clara’s story of how she became a decorator is like so many other people these days…she followed her passion.  After realizing that her legal career wasn’t satisfying her creative desires, Clara left that profession to follow her love of design. Today, she works with both corporate and residential clients helping them to create spaces that are comfortable and inviting.
In looking through the Banner Day portfolio, it’s obvious she has a knack for design and an art for infusing the rooms she works on with style and personality.
From statement wallpaper to the artful use of reclaimed wood, Clara adds unexpected touches that bring her work to life.

Design Profile: BANNER DAY CONSULTING

Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
Design Profile: Banner Day Consulting
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To see more of the Banner Day design portfolio, click here and be sure to check out the blog here.

Design Inspiration: The Chaise Lounge

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DESIGN INSPIRATION:  THE CHAISE LOUNGE

The term ‘chaise lounge’ refers to a long reclining chair whose roots date back to Egypt.  Back then, the chaise lounge was looked at as a mix between a chair and a daybed.  Today, it is viewed as a long chair and is used in decor as an alternative to a traditional chair or sofa.

Over the years I’ve been a bit indifferent to chaise lounges mostly because the only styles available were the Victorian designs. I don’t have anything against Victorian designs but this style of chaise can feel stagnate and old if it hasn’t been updated with fabric.

In the last 10 years, the look of chaise lounges have evolved and the designs are sleek and modern with a traditional undertone.  And when it comes to decorating with a chaise, there is so much inspiration out there.

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I love the idea of using two chaise lounges to create a relaxing sitting area especially if you have a view that can be enjoyed from the perch.

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In a sunroom or covered outdoor space, a chaise lounge (or two) creates a more relaxing retreat than a sofa might.

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A chaise is a great option for a reading nook and can nestle into a corner but still feel connected to the room.

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In an oversized bathroom, a chaise adds the ultimate touch of luxury and glamour especially when upholstered in a luxurious velvet fabric.

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My friend Erika of Erika Ward Interiors used two chaise lounges in a master bedroom sitting area.  This type of seating is perfect for creating cozy space to relax or for that Saturday afternoon nap.

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I love a backless chaise as added seating in a living room.  Because the design is open on both sides, this style is a great filler piece in large rooms.

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In smaller rooms that don’t get use often, two chaise lounges can be a unique seating option.

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What to put at the foot of a bed? is a question I get a lot.  A chaise lounge is something I often recommend because they add style and a functional to a bedroom.

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Inspired?  Now let’s go shopping..

My Favorite Chaise Lounge Chairs

 #1–The Alton Roll Arm Chaise from Pier 1 is a modern take on a one arm chaise.  I love the squared off back and the grey velvet fabric.  This item is on clearance for $429.98 so you’ll need to act fast to snag it.

#2-Crate and Barrel has several chaise lounge styles but the Montclair Chaise is my favorite.  The design is clean and simple and there are a multitude of fabric options so you can customize the look for your home-$1299.00.  For a more masculine space, check out the Garbo Leather Chaise.

#3–The Iris Chaise Lounge from Joss and Main has beautiful lines and the tufted back gives it a classic touch.  I can envision this space as part of a library or it a ladies lounge.  $464.99

#4–Another great option from Joss and Main is the Kiera Tufted Chaise.  This piece has a smaller scale making it ideal for a small room or corner sitting area.  $659.99

#5–The Carlisle Upholstered Chaise from Pottery Barn would look great in a sitting area off a bedroom or in a bathroom.  The rolled arms and tailored profile along with over 50 fabric options are just some of the reasons why I love this piece.  $1449 to $2649 depending on fabric.

#6–If you’re looking for a budget friendly option, the Kivik Chaise from Ikea is an option.  At only $350 this piece has a removable cover which will make cleaning easy.  And if you want to change the look down the road, the Kivik is a great candidate for a custom slip-cover.

Design Guide: 5 Rules of Space Planning


Have you ever struggled with creating the best furniture layout for your home?  Well, you’re not alone. So many people struggle with how to arrange their furniture so that it looks good and works with the way the family lives.

In my latest Design Guide post, I’m sharing the 5 Rules of Space Planning.  These are the rules and guidelines you’ll want to use to create a pleasing arrangement for your furniture and decor.

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  • Don’t Hug The Walls

One of the most common mistakes people make when decorating their homes is to push all the furniture to the walls.  The thought is that by keeping the center of the room open, the room will feel larger.  I hate to burst the bubble but the opposite it true.  When you push all the furniture against at the walls, a room actually feels disconnected and unwelcoming. Make better use of the space and create a cozy vibe by arranging furniture within the room instead of against it.

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  • Create A Layout With Function In Mind

A truly great space is one that functions well for you and your family.  Before you begin decorating, analyze how you plan to live in and use the room so that you can arrange the furniture and decor to support that.  As you being space planning, think about how each area of a room and each furniture piece will be used.

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  • Create Pathways In and Out

You’ll want about 30 inches to 36 inches of walkway between pieces.This is what you need to be comfortable, without knocking into furniture and bumping into walls. Any type of furniture with doors or drawers also needs three feet of space to open properly. And keep in mind how you access a seating area within a room. Where possible you want to have more than one way to enter and exit.

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  • Create Conversation Areas

There is nothing less intimate than a gathering of people within a room and them having to yell to have a conversation.  Arrange furniture so there are cozy groupings where conversations can easily happen and people can easily engage with each other. There should be no more than 10 feet and no less than 3 feet between people seated around the room to optimize intimate conversation and everyone’s personal space.

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  • Create Balance

An easy way to create balance within a room is to find the center point of the space.  In some cases, this isn’t necessarily the middle of the room but most of the time it will be. Generally, this is where the coffee table or center table should sit.  Arrange furniture around the center point to create a good flow and visually pleasing balance within the room. If your home has a very long, or very large living room, consider having two center points with two separate furniture groupings.

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These guidelines will help you get started with space planning but you should adjust your decorating according to your own tastes and preferences. Use these rules to get started, but don’t be afraid to break them and go with your instincts if something feels right to you.

For more helpful decorating tips, read  Key Measurement to Know When Decorating Your Home!

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Favorites Of The Week | Decorating & Entertaining

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I’m back with another round of favorite posts, pin and products to share with you. Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

A couple of days ago I shared a few of my favorite spaces from the One Room Challenge featured bloggers.  Here’s one of my favorite makeovers from a guest participant, Design Enthusiasm.  If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…the power of paint is amazing when you’re decorating !

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from With Love from Kat

 This home tour shows you how to infuse an insane amount of decorating style into 650 sq. ft.

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from With Love from Kat

With Love From Kat

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FAVORITE PINS

One of my go-to sources for tabletop inspiration is Celebrations At Home.  Chris creates some of the most beautifully style party and entertaining tables.  This blue tablescape she styled for a bridal brunch is just so pretty.

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

Favorites of The Week--Entertaining Inspiration from Celebration At Home

When I think of a mountain retreat I envision a home that looks just like this.

Favorites of The Week--Design Inspiration from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

I’m really trying to justify purchasing this gorgeous blue and white ice bucket by Aerin for William Sonoma.  I mean after all it’s more than an ice bucket as demonstrated by Lucy of Craftberry Bush who styled it as a flower vase. #ineed

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at William Sonoma Home

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at William Sonoma Home

Have you checked out the Zara Home website yet?  So many cute items for home and personal use.  The bright pattern on this floral cosmetic bag caught my eye.

 Favorites of The Week--Shopping at Zara Home

I just noticed that TJ Maxx has started to sell window valances in store and on-line.  They have some nice designs and you can’t beat the price–$16.99.  This Water Medallion Valance from Nicole Miller is one of my faves.

Favorites of The Week--Shopping at TJ Maxx

 Have a fantastic weekend!

Inspiration Overload–One Room Challenge Reveal Day

Hi friends. I hope everyone is having a great week.  My week has been one meeting, project and to-do list item after another.  and I haven’t had any quality time to sit down and blog.  I’ve gotten a lot accomplished in the last few days so I’ll be back to a regular blogging schedule soon.

Even though I haven’t had time to blog, I did manage to find time over lunch yesterday to check out the One Room Challenge Room Reveals.  Holy Moly, so much design inspiration in one place.  In case you don’t know about the One Room Challenge (fyi–it’s a big deal), here’s the scoop…

The One Room Challenge is a bi-yearly event where 20 designers and bloggers participate in a challenge to transform a room in their home over a 6 week period.  Each week leading up to the reveal, they share the design plans and the work in-progress to get the room done.  It’s a lot of fun to see each participants spaces come to life.

Like past One Room Challenge events, this round of room transformations is drool worthy.  You’ll definitely want to check out each of the blogs but today I’m sharing a few of my favorite spaces.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE FAVORITE {featured bloggers}

Christine Dovey transformed her dark basement into a light, bright and beautiful living space.  The fireplace wall is one of my favorite features. You can see the full transformation here.

2017 One Room Challenge--Christine Dovey

2017 One Room Challenge--Christine Dovey

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Will and Susan of House of Brinson gave their guest bedroom a makeover and it looks like it’s straight out of an English mansion.  You can see the One Room Challenge makeover from start to finish as well as the other spaces in the house over on their blog.


2017 One Room Challenge--House of Brinson

2017 One Room Challenge--House of Birnson

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The dynamic design team of J & J Design Group designed JoAnn’s living and dining room to have loads of color, style and personality–WOW!  There are so many design elements I love like these blue chairs, the rug and the doors.  Check out all the beautiful details here.

2017 One Room Challenge--J & J Design Group

2017 One Room Challenge--J & J Design Group

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Abby from Abby Manchesky Interiors took her perfectly fine kitchen and elevated the style by painting their cabinets a gorgeous shade of emerald green.  Head here to see the full transformation that includes even more than the kitchen.

2017 One Room Challenge--Abby Manchesky

2017 One Room Challenge--Abby Manchesky

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One of the things I love about the One Room Challenge is discovering new blog and design talent like Dab from Old Brand NewDabito (everyone calls him Dab) did a job on his dining room.  Those gorgeous yellow walls and that light fixture–no words!

2017 One Room Challenge--Old Brand New

2017 One Room Challenge--Old Brand New

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I’ve been reading The Pink Pagoda blog for sometime and it’s one of my favorite blogs.  The ORC they undertook involved not one but two spaces that open up to each other–dining room and sitting room.  Just one glance at the after photos and you know they had me at blue & white.  What I love most about the makeover is the classic simplicity that each of the rooms have.  See every detail of the rooms here.

2017 One Room Challenge--The Pink Pagoda

2017 One Room Challenge--The Pink Pagoda

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Jennifer from Rambling Renovator’s worked on her living room for the ORC and boy is it stunning.  There are so many design details like the built-in bookcases that gave her space high style. Hard to believe this was all done in just 6 weeks!

2017 One Room Challenge--Rambling Renovations

2017 One Room Challenge--Rambling Renovations

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To see the all of the projects created by the 20 featured bloggers, head over to Calling It Home where Linda, the creator of this amazing design challenge has links to all the blogs.

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And be sure to check out all of the room makeovers from the over 200 guest participants in the design challenge.  Links to those posts can be found here.

Design Lessons From The 2017 Met Gala Fashions

Did you watch the Met Gala last weekend?  It is one of the most anticipated fashion events of year and always delivers amazing (and not-so-amazing) looks.

If you’re not familiar with the Met Gala, here’s a little about its history…

From 1948 to 1971, the benefit wasn’t pegged as an exhibition, and was held off-site at the Waldorf Astoria or the Rainbow Room. Guests, mostly New York society indulged in fine dining and were entertained by “skits, raffles, and pageants of models in historic costume. In 1972 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors for the Met Gala when former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland joined as a consultant. Vreeland curated some of the most ambitious and heavily publicized exhibitions and used the gala as an opportunity to inaugurate them. Today the annual invitation-only fundraiser hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour benefits the museum’s Costume Institute, and serves as a launch party for its spring exhibition.

The 2017 exhibition is dedicated to 74-year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, one of fashion’s most revered creative visionaries. The exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night and guests are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. 

Now that you know a bit about the gala, here’s a look at some of the 2017 fashion statements and what they can teach you about interior design.

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Inspiration Notebook | May 2017

You might have noticed that I didn’t share my inspiration notebook with you last month.  Last month was a blur and I just didn’t have time to pull it together.  Things are still crazy busy but I did manage to log an insert in my inspiration notebook this month.  I enjoy taking the time to pull these pages together and recognize the things around me that provide inspiration.

When I looked at the calendar the other day, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it is May.  We’re almost half way through the year and I’m already exhausted just thinking about everything thing I want to accomplish before the year ends.  While I can’t control the future, I can enjoy today so the pages in my notebook for May are filled with things I’m enjoying on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at what’s inspiring me in work, home and my personal life.  Enjoy!

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DESIGNING:  I’m hoping that a new design client I’m working with will love this Gabby Clay Chandelier as much as I do.  It’s the inspiration for the entire dining room.

READING:  I couldn’t wait to find dive into this gorgeous entertaining book, Veranda Entertaining.  It was everything I expected and more–beautiful images, inspiring ideas and drool worthy tablescapes.  One of my top 10 design books ever!

RELAXING:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I’m trying to make sure I spend time winding down at the end of the day.  The Nest Blue Garden Candle is my go-to spring candle scent that helps me to relax and unwind.

INSPIRED BY:  I’ve been seeing lots of floral arrangements in old wood boxes popping up on Pinterest.  I love the look for a spring and summer tablescape.

LISTENING:  Most days when I’m at my desk working I have jazz music or a podcast playing.  The Clever Podcasts are a favorite and every episode has great takeaways for career and life.

CRAFTING:  I love crafting and recently I’ve been drawn back to jewelry making in my spare time.   One of my new sources for unique chain/hardware is my local lighting store for chandelier chain.

SHOPPING: We’ve got a cruise planned for early September and I’ve already started shopping for a dress to wear on formal night. I’m channeling my inner Carolina Herrera and thinking of pairing a crisp white shirt with this Red Floral Ball Skirt or this Black Floral Ball Skirt.  Which would you choose??

LOVING:  Just when I thought BaubleBar had it all they come out with these super cute Caicos Pom Pom Earrings.  

CRAVING: Now that fruit season is here, I’m loving my morning meal–yogurt and fruit parfait. My ingredients include plain vanilla yogurt, granola, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Yum!

MAY INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK | 2017

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Designer Tricks of The Trade | Ideas To Inspire

Designer Tricks OF The Trade

Have you ever wanted to know what tricks designers use to create unique rooms?  Well, today is your lucky day.  I’m sharing TEN designer tricks that you can easily incorporate into your own home to get a custom look with your decor.

Some of the ideas require a little DIY, the others are quick, easy and affordable decorating ideas.

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DESIGNER TRICKS OF THE TRADE

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No. 1  REVERSING RUGS

Did you know that some rugs are designed with a defined pattern on each side?  That’s like getting two rugs for the price of one. Rugs with two usable sides are great because with a quick flip of the rug you can change the look of your decor.  The next time you’re rug shopping check the back side and see if it has a usable pattern.

tip:  pay attention to the weave and feel of the back side to make sure you like it

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Reversible Rugs

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The same ‘reverse’ trick works with some fabrics too.  Designer Jamie Meares used the reverse side of this dot fabric as the welt providing the perfect contrast to give the chair a real designer touch.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Reversible Fabric

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No. 2  CHANGING OUT or UpSTYLING LAMPSHADES

Have you ever come across the perfect lamp but it has an awful shade?  It happens all the time.  It might be that the shade is the wrong shape or color, or maybe the lamp needs a shade with more style.  The trick here is to buy the lamp and change or UpStyle the shade!

 One of my favorite sources for lampshades online is Lux Lampshades. Lux has a quick ship program with in-stock shades of all shapes, sizes and fabrics.  And their custom program allows you to design a custom shade from a range of fabrics and  frames they have available.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--UpStyled Lampshade

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No. 3  USING OUTDOOR LIGHTING INDOORS

Did you know that the only major difference between outdoor lighting and indoor lighting is that the finishes on outdoor lighting are created to withstand weather elements?  Beyond that outdoor lighting is suitable for indoor use.  Some of my favorite outdoor lighting styles to use inside are scones and lanterns.  Check out this chic outdoor light used in a bathroom by A Beautiful Mess.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Outdoor Lighting Used Indoors

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No. 4  MOUNTING A FRAME WITHIN A FRAME

I’m always taking about how important layering is when decorating and that concept even applies to wall decor.  If you have a framed art piece that’ to small, think about hanging it inside of a larger frame.  The two pieces combined will provide the impact you’re desiring and also give your wall decor statement a custom look.

tip:  don’t overlook ugly artwork at a thrift store because the frame might be of value

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--A Frame within A Frame

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No. 5  CREATING A LARGE RUG FROM TWO

Did you know that designers sometimes create one rug from two? Let’s say you find the perfect rug but it doesn’t come in a  large enough size.  If the pattern works, you can actually use rug tape to create a larger size from two smaller rugs.  And if you want a more permanent fix, some rug companies can actually glue the rugs together.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Two rugs from one

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No. 6  A TOUCH OF BLACK IN EVERY ROOM

This is one of my tried and true design rules.  Black adds a touch of drama to a room and helps to ground the decor.  Don’t think that it has to be a piece of black furniture or a wall painted black, all it takes is a touch.  A lamp base, a decorative object or a textile with black in it.  If you have a room in your home with no black, add the color and see the impact it makes.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--A Touch of Black in Every Room

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No.7  MIX HIGH END WITH LOW END

Because I’m an avid vintage shopper, I love mixing high with low.  A high-quality sofa paired with inexpensive pillows or a budget friendly rug paired with a statement coffee table are just two ways to mix it up.  Mixing high and low will give your decor distinct flair, add personality and save you money.

My favorite budget friendly pieces are side tables, pillows and decorative objects.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Mix High End with Low

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N0. 8  MIX OLD & NEW

Just like mixing high and low, mixing old and new is a great way to customize your decor.  Pair a vintage coffee table with a new sofa or a new lamp with a thrifted cabinet.  The days of shopping at one store for all your decor needs are gone so have fun mixing it up.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Mix Old and New

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No. 9  PATTERN MIXING

Ask any designer and they will tell you that pattern-work is key to any design statement.  You don’t have to go bright and bold because subtle colors and patterns can have just as much impact as bright colors and bold prints.  The key to pattern mixing is to pair patterns of different scales and styles.  You can read more of my tips on pattern mixing here.

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Pattern Mixing

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No. 10  EMBELLISHING OFF THE SHELF FABRICS

I love designer fabrics but they aren’t always in the budget.  One of the tricks designers use to UpStyle off-the-shelf textiles is to add trim.  There are some many affordable trims that can be applied to curtains, pillows or just about anything.  Check out that seat cushion below that has been transformed with some greek key trim.  #brilliant

tip:  my favorite trim source are this, this and this

Designer Tricks OF The Trade--Add Trim

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Designer Tricks Of The Trade--Add Trim

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So there you have it friends.  A few of the tricks designers use when creating and decorating a space.

A little creativity goes a long way so get crafty, think outside the box and give your decor a unique spin.

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